One good move by Sun.
While I was at CAIR (Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics) I was amazed at the irreverance towards hardware. There were computers, mini-towers, powersupplies, office copiers almost everywhere and they were using it for all sorts of purposes. From quick paper-stands to the kitchen sink.
But when ever you see a nice spick and span datacenters, with airconditioned looks on prime realestate, You wonder what they are housing there – a utility or endangered animal species. Computers and primarily datacenters are utilities and they should be treated with the same kind of irreverance that you treat your diesel generator or air-conditioning condensor with. Put them in some hidden corner, devoid of human intervention. There were netware systems that could do this for years, to think modern systems couldn’t is foolishness.
And finally sun has realised this and is trying to create a market niche in precisely this segment with their blackbox servers. They are built out of a standardised shipping container. It already reeks of “Made In China“. This is a step in the right direction, lets see where this takes Sun.